Health care

Health care

Health care

Has COVID affected your health or your health care insurance? Learn about health care assistance and insurance options.

Have questions about health care during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Federal law requires all private insurance plans to cover COVID-19 treatments and vaccines, and makes all Coronavirus tests free.

Visit your state's health department website for information on what your state is doing about the COVID-19 pandemic. Find your state’s health agency website here: https://www.usa.gov/state-health.

Did you lose your health insurance when you were laid off from a job?

Review the following resources for health insurance after a layoff.

  • You may be able to enroll in your state’s health care exchange system because job loss is considered a qualifying life event for enrollment. Visit HealthCare.gov to explore health insurance and pricing options.
  • Learn more about COBRA to temporarily extend health coverage under your previous employer's group plan.
  • Learn more about health care options with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Information on Job Loss.

Note that if you were furloughed, but not laid off, you should check with your employer to find out if your health care coverage continues even if you are receiving unemployment benefits.

More health insurance programs for low-income families and individuals

  • You may qualify for Medicaid, a state-federal health insurance program for low-income people, families and children, the elderly and people with disabilities.
  • The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides low-cost health insurance coverage for children in families who earn too much income to qualify for regular coverage but cannot afford to purchase private health insurance.
  • Federally funded Health Centers care for you, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income.